Three more Tigers ink deals

Undrafted Tigers sign as NFL free agents.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:17 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Missouri will be represented well at NFL mini-camps later this week.

The three former Missouri players selected in the NFL Draft this weekend marks the most since 1981.

Three more Tigers signed free agent contracts Monday.

Linebacker James Kinney, defensive back Shirdonya Mitchell and tight end Victor Sesay will join draft picks Atiyyah Ellison, Damien Nash and C. J. Mosley on NFL preseason rosters.

Despite setting the Missouri record for career tackles (434), Kinney, the Tigers’ six-foot, 244-pound co-captain in 2004 didn’t find a team until Monday when he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mitchell and Sesay signed with the Miami Dolphins.

Mitchell’s draft stock was on the rise in early March for he was impressing teams with his speed. He was timed at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash. But his draft hopes disappeared when he tore the ACL in his right knee while trying to cut around a cone during workouts at his pro day on March 3.

Mitchell’s speed and athletic ability will give him a shot to make the team in a kickoff return role. It is unlikely he will be asked to play in a crowded defensive backfield that includes Pro-Bowler Sam Madison.

Sesay’s 6-foot-5, 279-pound frame makes him an attractive target for quarterbacks. In 11 games in 2004, Sesay caught 31 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns.

He too will likely be looked at as primarily a special teams player. The Dolphins are deep and talented at tight end. Randy McMichael led the team in receptions (73) and was second in yardage (791 yards) last season. McMichael’s backup is nine-year veteran Ed Perry, who also serves as the team’s long-snapper.

JACKSON GUILTY: Darrell Jackson, a freshman who withdrew from classes at Missouri and left the football team in August, pleaded guilty to five counts of statutory sodomy.

Jackson, 19, admitted in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Friday that he had molested a child five times from August 2000 to April 2004.

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